PS4 RPG Deep Down Gets New Information: The Hero will be Male; Gameplay Video Now With Audio (UPDATED)

Today during the PS4 Lab livestream on Nico Nico Deep Down producer Kazunori Sugiura shared more information on the upcoming exclusive for Sony’s new console, and we finally had time to translate what was told, filtering out what we already knew.

Unfortunately the first piece of info will probably disappoint many ladies among us, and those that enjoy playing female characters:

  • The hero of the story will be male. (updated)
  • It’s still to be determined if there will be an option to dash to the side in order to dodge attacks.
  • While the Tokyo Game Show demo had a difficulty setting for “casual,” that won’t be present in the final game, where difficulty will be fixed. The difficulty can of course been changed server-side by the developer if needed, like in most online games.
  • There will be a story mode, divided in chapters.
  • Remote play with the PS Vita will be supported.
  • Initially there will be only four weapon types at launch (meaning that there’s one that hasn’t been revealed yet on top of spear, sword and shield and greatsword), but more will be added with updates. The limited number at launch is because each weapon has a very different gameplay style.

Sugiura-san also mentioned that he’s unable to provide any information on the release window of the game or on the date when the beta will begin for the moment.

I can already see quite a few people getting very, very angry at the combination between a male hero and a sexy Cortana-like housekeeping AI. Brace for impact.

As an added bonus, we managed to re-record the six gameplay videos that were showcased during the livestream with audio and better framerates (finding a recording program that works well with Nico Nico seems to be a quite difficult task). You can enjoy them below, nicely bundled in a single clip.

Update: the story originally stated in error that “only male playable character models will be available.” Producer Kazunori Sugiura clarified that he meant that the main hero will be male, but he wasn’t necessarily talking about playable characters.

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  • Mildra

    Brace for the inevitable shitstorm from pundits about only male characters playable.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      I was already fully braced before I pressed “Publish” 😀

      Combine that with the sexy curtana-like house AI and you got a heaven for pundits.

      • Mildra

        That said, i’m willing to bet it’ll start showing up right when the trailer cycle gets into full swing. The fact that its published by Capcom adds another level of guilt-by-association (see also: the people who refused to buy Human Revolution/Sleeping dogs/etc. because square enix published it).

      • Brian Wolf

        Orrr maybe it’s just a lame excuse that excludes a huge portion of gamers? If the only woman you allow in your story is a ‘sexy Cortana-like AI’, that’s a conscious choice on the developer’s part, and a really lame choice.

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          I’m sorry, but I’m always a bit skeptical of those that come tell me that they feel “excluded” when they can play a character of their same gender/color/whatever.

          The whole point of playing games is playing a character that isn’t you. Thinking that all games should cater to all character demographics is a little close minded.

          • Brian Wolf

            But if the point of a game like this is to have a fully customizable character, why does it make any sense for a developer to limit themselves so much? We have an unbelievable amount of games starring males, and often the same kinds of male characters. Variety is good for business and for the culture as a whole.

          • nikki

            cuz they didn’t have enough to hire a female voice actor do re-do all the dialogue, at least that’s my guess…or the story is focused around a male character, where a female character in his place wouldn’t make sense.

          • gab4moi

            yeah, all 24 of the characters, sure don’t make sense to have any females in that little group…

          • gab4moi

            yeah, like half the people in the world… really close minded dude…

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  • Rock Mu

    I have even money on either the bow or a mage staff being the 4th weapon

  • XXX

    I only wish, the game wasn’t F2P.

  • Psionicinversion

    there so sexist!! only reason why i play female characters in MMO’s is cus i dont want see a blokes ass waggling in front of me hours at a time.

    Guess if there wearing armour makes a bit more sense although i wouldnt go saying that a viking woman cus shed turn you into a woman if ya know what i mean!!

    • gab4moi

      thanks 13 year old demographic…

  • Lev Milanesi

    People need to get over the male only thing. If you don’t like something about a game, don’t play it. Simple.

    • gruntLock

      If you don’t like comments complaining about Crapcom’s sexism, don’t read them. Simple.

      • XJ75

        If you don’t like comments complaining about your imaginary issues, don’t read them.


      • Mr Bojangles

        “its sexist because i say so”. – your argument.

      • Lev Milanesi

        I didn’t say I liked or disliked them. I’m fairly neutral to them. They are just there. That being said, I must pose the question: Do you see males complaining when we aren’t included in Barbie games or are forced to play as female protagonists? No. Why? Because it doesn’t matter. It’s a game.

        • Brian Wolf

          Most dudes don’t complain because they have a bajillion other options to play as a dude in a game. Women, and people who wish to play as women, don’t have that luxury.

          • Lev Milanesi

  ’s just a game. I, and most people with a brain between their ears, don’t really care about gender as long as the character is good. It’s a game. It’s not going to change any lives. If it’s sexist to leave a female character out of a game, then it’s sexist to leave male characters out of a game. But you know, that’s preposterous, right?

            If there are females out there that are in dire need of more female characters, then I encourage them to get in the industry and make it happen. No one should be forced to include a certain gender, male, female, or somewhere in between, just to make sure people’s feelings aren’t hurt.

          • gab4moi

            spoken with the true insight and intelligence of a person with his brain between his legs…

          • Mr.Sixes

            HOLD UP
            Let’s go down the list where you can or are forced to play a female character:
            Here’s a atleast 900(I’m saying 900 because it listed some games where I know a female protaganist isn’t playable) :
            ranging from JRPG, to beat em up, to puzzle platformer to action adventure so you were saying about Luxury? And mind you that is an incomplete list as no one has ever been able to catalog every single game ever.
            hell some of the best versions of games are considered the one where you play the female only(Ms. Splosion Man & Ms.Pacman to name the two that come up off the top of my head).

        • mynameborat

          Beyond two soals ….. im a man and i didt mi d playing as a female. Probly cuz i was aware of the fact that its a fkn game.. 😉

  • PrinceHeir


    guess will wait for more updates on this one

  • Mr Bojangles

    It’s not sexist at all, unless you were looking for a reason to be offended, and we all know tumblr can cry for hours over anything

  • Tarkovsky

    The more I see of this game, the more I want to play it. Cannot wait for some dungeon crawling goodness.

  • HansKaosu

    Oh come on now.. I want to play a female.. >_>

  • Stranger On The Road

    I can see where their ‘male’ only is coming from, the story is about reliving events that took place in our past, right? Back then we didn’t have female nights, so the reason is understandable. This is the weakness of trying to tell a story in our world instead of telling it in a fantasy world; your options are limited if you want to tell a close to realistic story; or base it on old folklore or old stories.

    Any way, I really do wish that they had a single player campaign for people like me, the game does look like it is worth playing.

    • Brian Wolf

      Actually there were female knights! But to a certain extent citing historical accuracy does not really make sense for a science fiction fantasy game. If trolls and goblins and whatever the heck those other monsters were are considered acceptable, why should female knights even be questionable? Which of those stretches suspension of disbelief more?

      • Stranger On The Road

        Hence my reference to old folklore and old stories; you can get ghost, demons and even dragons in those stories. They are just stories, but mostly revolved around a knight doing something too great to be true; and if a woman is involved, she is either a witch to be hunted down and a lover left behind or a lady to give honor. It is part of history, it can’t be changed; that is why telling a story in an alternative reality is much better; you can do whatever you want in that world.

        As for the reference you gave, the way I understand it, that is a honorary knighthood, not ‘fight in the battle field’ knighthood.

        • Brian Wolf

          Actually, there are also quite a few folk tales that feature women in more varied roles, but that’s still ignoring the real problem. Why exactly does a game have to be bound to the rules of the stories of old? Clearly, that’s not the developer’s concern- the game takes place in a New York in a science-fiction future as well as this medieval fantasy place. There are no laws that decide whether a work of art is to be made ‘historically accurate’. Creating a work of art is a series of choices, conscious and unconscious, on the part of the creator. The developer of this game chose to make their cast all-male, a decision that and I many others think makes the work weaker by ignoring a large portion of gamers who would like to play as a female character.

  • Koroma

    a mix of feelings in a make your own character type of game i want you to be able to make both genders, but on the other hand the devs original intent/vision is the most important thing, it often gets destroyed by publishers, however i have a hard time believing this is what the developers wanted. capcom is low on cash maybe that’s why plus it gets the game out faster.

  • Nick TwinkleToes Setzer

    good to see new gameplay with weapons varied, couldn’t tell what to think before. Definitely not my kind of game i can now see, even for free.